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The test of character

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The dog walks on the leash next to the owner

The owner walks with the dog along the marked route, the dog is on a leash. The owner gives the command to sit down, then they continue on their way. The command is repeated 3 times.

  • excellent – the dog walks calmly by the leg, cheerfully responds to the owner’s command, the body position is calm, without tension.
  • sufficiently – the dog tenses the leash, tends to go spontaneously, does not respect the direction given by the owner, the command is obeyed only after repetition or not at all, the body position is tense, but does not show signs of aggression or fearfulness.
  • not enough – the dog is jerking on the leash, refuses to obey commands, body position indicates fearfulness ( tail pulled in, ears pricked, crouched) or aggression ( teeth chattering, fur matted, etc.)

The dog is being led by a stranger

The dog is led on a leash along a marked route by a stranger, the dog is supervised by the owner who accompanies the person and talks to him/her.

  • excellent – the dog calmly accompanies the person, in case of restlessness the owner can reprimand the dog, the dog after a short reprimand or scolding continues calmly in the marked route.
  • enough – a dog on a leash follows a person only after repeated admonition, constantly follows the owner, is manageable.
  • insufficient – a dog on a leash refuses to follow a stranger, even scolding the owner does not help. Reacts aggressively or fearfully.

The owner leads the dog opposite a stranger

The owner leads the dog directly opposite the stranger, they shake hands, the owner gives the command “sit”, they start a conversation, the stranger gently strokes the dog behind the ears.

  • excellent – the dog follows the conversation attentively, reacts friendly when meeting, enjoys the attention of a stranger. On command, he calmly sits down.
  • enough – the dog is reluctant to go to the person, the command “sit” is obeyed only on repeated command, in the sitting position he shows restlessness, he tends to leave, he does not want to be petted.
  • insufficiently – the dog refuses to go to the person, does not obey the command, refuses contact, wants to run away. Reacts aggressively or fearfully.

A dog and a group of people talking

The owner leads the dog to a group of people talking. They will greet each other on arrival. The owner walks the dog several times between people ( slalom), some people may stroke the dog on the back, behind the ears, on the head. Touches are short and non-violent.

  • excellent – the dog is cheerful, calm, watches his owner carefully, is easy to handle. He responds to contacts cheerfully, calmly, attentively.
  • enough – the dog is controllable only after repeated admonitions of the owner, but the commands are obeyed, he wriggles and turns when touched, they are unpleasant to him.
  • insufficiently – the dog refuses to go to the group, when touched, tears at the leash, is aggressive or fearful.

Dog meets another dog

The dog is led by the owner on a leash, another person with a dog on a leash walks opposite them. When they meet, they greet each other and move on. After walking 20 metres, they both turn around, walk towards each other, greet each other, shake hands and pet the other dog when they meet.

  • excellent – the dog is attentive to the owner, when greeted he is easy to control with a gentle reprimand. On re-encounter, he welcomes the other dog. He shows no signs of aggression or timidity. He is not phlegmatic.
  • sufficiently – the dog follows the owner only after repeated warnings, refuses contact with the other dog, is phlegmatic or, on the contrary, growls, but does not attack.
  • insufficiently – the dog refuses to follow and obey the owner, is aggressive or fearful when meeting another dog. He shows no interest in contact.

A stranger with a dog approaches the abandoned dog

The owner leaves the dog unrestrained and secured by a clip or bar, walks away, and another person approaches the dog with the dog. There will be no contact. The person with the dog calmly walks in front of the deferred dog, without any indication of stopping. The person turns around after a few meters, goes back. As he approaches the dog, he stops and speaks to him, then continues on.

  • excellent – the dog lies calmly, is friendly. He can get up, he wants to get acquainted or play.
  • enough – after being put down the dog is restless, whines, wants to look for the owner. After repeated deferral, the dog calms down. He reacts to the arrival of a stranger in a blunt or dismissive manner.
  • insufficient – the dog is very restless after being put down, refuses to calm down even after repeated putting down. He reacts fearfully to the arrival of a stranger, wants to run away, or on the contrary, he is aggressive, wants to fight with the dog.

Response to visual or auditory stimuli

Reaction to unusual visual or auditory stimuli. The owner with the dog on a leash walks over previously prepared unpleasant terrain, (under the blanket there are crumpled plastic bottles, donuts, or a mat, gumolite, or other unpleasant surface is prepared), loud music is heard from the radio, a gunshot (or a dropped pot, bucket, etc.) is heard from a distance.

  • excellent – the dog will walk calmly over the surface with the owner, can sniff him, responds calmly to voice stimuli, in case of excitement he will calm down quickly after the owner has spoken to him.
  • enough – the dog will walk on the surface only after repeated attempts, he reacts uneasily to voice stimuli, he needs to be reprimanded for longer.
  • insufficiently – the dog refuses to go over the surface, reacts to vocal stimuli very restlessly, wants to run away, cannot calm down.

Scoring and result


  • excellent – 2 points
  • sufficiently – 1 point
  • insufficient – 0 points


  • Excellent – minimum 11 points
  • passed – from 6 to 10 points
  • failed – less than 6 points